Popular wartime prezdint’s approval ratings hit new low
Worst... approval... ratings... ever.
Only forty-four percent of Americans approve of the way the well-liked President GameBoy is handling his job, according to the poll, while 51% disapprove. That is a four-point drop from Bush's approval rating of July 22-24 and 1% below his previous low of 45% in a poll taken June 24-26.
"44 sounds big! Like a hundred trillion gazillion!"
July 30, 2005
Popular wartime prezdint’s approval ratings hit new low
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July 29, 2005
Rectum? Damn near killed 'im!
In the absence of any real Turd Blossom news, here are some Karl Rove jokes.
"The president's top political adviser, Karl Rove, is spending all his time working on Bush's next Supreme Court nominee. Well sure, that's because this judge could decide if Rove is going to prison or not." - WH toady Jay Leno, in between Clinton's cock jokes.
"Suspicion for the leak was immediately cast on White House adviser and long time Bush confident, Karl Rove, known as one of the few men in Washington with flesh colored hair" - Jon Stewart
"Karl Rove is in a lot of trouble. The White House says today that President Bush is standing by his top advisor Karl Rove even though Rove apparently revealed the identity of a CIA agent. However, Bush did say he would fire Rove if he revealed the end of 'Charlie and the Chocolate factory.'" - Conan O'Brien
"It's easy to simplify it and just say that Karl Rove is a vicious cut-throat character assassin and that's not true.... he's also a beety-eyed doughy amoral putz." - Bill Maher
Friday cat blogging
Posted by maru at 7/29/2005 02:54:00 PM
Friday random 10
I finally remembered to bring my iPod to work:
1. Cry Me A River - Joe Cocker, though I always picture John Belushi doing 'Lonely at the Bottom' from Lemmings.
2. Kiss Him Goodbye - Steam
3. Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC. She was a fax machine, she kept her modem clean...
4. Gloria - Patti Smith. Always reminds me of that one epidode of 'Millennium'...
5. Photograph - Def Leppard
6. People Are Strange - The Doors. "The one thing about livin' in Santa Carla I never could stomach...all the damn vampires."
7. Eli's Coming - 3 Dog Night. Heh: he said 'coming'....
8. Whipping Post - The Allman Brothers
9. Dancing Barefoot - Patti Smith. See #4.
10. Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations
11. Grazing in the Grass - Friends of Distinction. Can you dig it, baby?
12. It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls
Totally embarrassing track
As if "It's Raining Men" wasn't bad enough...
13. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham! I'm so ashamed.
Posted by maru at 7/29/2005 12:20:00 PM
Veteran reporter/heroine Helen Thomas is vowing to 'kill herself' if Dick 'dick' Cheney announces he will run for president.
"The day Dick Cheney is going to run for president, I'll kill myself," she told The Hill. "All we need is one more liar."Thomas added, "I think he'd like to run, but it would be a sad day for the country if he does."
- from drudge, so no link.
"Mehhhh! Go #uck yourself!"
Posted by maru at 7/29/2005 12:18:00 PM
Friday cat blogging
Meanwhile, somewhere in the jungle...
Posted by maru at 7/29/2005 12:17:00 PM
WH spokestool is not confirming or denying Jeebus's Fave-rit Preznit's denial that he flipped off the press corps.
Scott McClellan: I'm just not going to -- I'm not going to dignify that with a response. I mean, I haven't seen the video that you're talking about, but I know the way the President acts. And if someone is misportraying it, that's unfortunate.
AmericaBlog: Well, with all due respect Scott, you just lied again. You know how the president acts? Implying, what, that the president would never flip someone off? Of course, he DID flip someone off and we have it on tape. He also called a NYT reporter a "major league asshole." Bush has a history of flipping off reporters.
Actual picture of Preznit Dignitude.
Posted by maru at 7/29/2005 12:16:00 PM
Nasturtium flower, 25 July 05.
State Dept admits Bolton gave "inaccurate" answers
Liar and no-talent assclown LIED to the Senate Foreign Relations committee, country
"And you wanted to be my latex salesman..."
- Jerry Seinfeld, to a prone and hysterical George Costanza.
"When Mr. Bolton completed his form during the Senate confirmation process he did not recall being interviewed by the State Department inspector general," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said with a straight face.
Yes, Preznit Stupid's "right man" for the important UN position is not only an obnoxious bully, but a proven liar. Good one.
Posted by maru at 7/29/2005 11:13:00 AM
July 28, 2005
Over 300 kids get heat stroke waiting for Bush to show up
Speaking of compassionate...
Soldiers carried Scouts on stretchers to the hospital, and others were airlifted from the event.
The manly, resolute preznit never appeared, due to the “threat of severe thunderstorms and strong winds.”
"Ah'm a-scared a thunderstorms!"
Posted by maru at 7/28/2005 01:31:00 PM
July 27, 2005
Bunnypants, the "tool of statecraft," gets handlers to create new talking points in face of public scepticism, ennui.
The "War on Terra" against homicide bombers an' other evildooers is now "a global struggle against the enemies of freedom."
"The shift in terms comes at a time when the US public is increasingly pessimistic about the war in Iraq - and sceptical about its links to the fight against terrorism."
A new slogan. Yeah, that'll soooo help.
"Evildooers are poopy!"
Posted by maru at 7/27/2005 12:40:00 PM
Rummy tells Iraqis to shit or get off the pot
Quit milking this damn war thing already, you girlie-men, the US secretary of defense tells officials.
Donald Rumsfeld calls for the new Iraq constitution to be completed by the 15 August deadline, saying the US does not want any delays: "Now's the time to get on with it."
"It's hard work.... but we're makin' progress," Iraqi officials should've replied, giggling.
Posted by maru at 7/27/2005 12:38:00 PM
Karl Rove has a girrrrrrrlfriend, Karl Rove has a girrrrrrrlfriennnnnd
Rethug family values and the sanctity of marriage
“I’ve heard the stories, but I would never write about [puffy, treasonous adulterer] Karl [Rove] and [repuke lobbyist/homewrecker] Karen [Johnson]. If you want to keep your job as a reporter in Texas, you make believe you don’t see them together.”
Paging Rick 'sanctimonious asshat' Santorum! Rove is married and supposedly has a teenaged son, though probably through budding. Won't somebody think of the children?
Posted by maru at 7/27/2005 12:38:00 PM
Joe Wilson's a liar! Valerie Plame wasn't undercover! Karl never specified Wilson's wife by name, address, mother's maiden name and Social Security number, so it doesn't count!
Why didn't Bush two years ago just ask Karl Rove and a few others in the administration whether they had leaked Plame's identity to Bob Novak and the others? Why doesn't he ask Rove now? Is it because he knows the answer? Or because he doesn't want to have to fire Rove?
- from a 7/27 LA Times editorial.
Posted by maru at 7/27/2005 12:35:00 PM
"Do we really want an adulterous scumbag who commits treason advising the president?"
- posted at dkos.
White House effort to discredit Joe Wilson is examined in detail
"Washington conservatives care less about genuine national security than they do about protecting their friends and maintaining their political dominance."
Court records show Fitzgerald is seeking information about the communications WH stenographer Judy Miller had with Bush officials between July 6 and July 13, 2003, when the White House was attempting to discredit Wilson and his allegations.
Posted by maru at 7/27/2005 11:23:00 AM
July 26, 2005
Close to having a petulant hissyfit over the fact that he can't get his no-talent assclown nominee rubberstamped, Preznit Poopypants threatens again to give the possibly traitorous John Bolton a recess appointment right before he goes on vacation in August.
Posted by maru at 7/26/2005 03:22:00 PM
"Please come and kill me"
Winning hearts and minds...
"If these pictures are released to the public, it's going to make matters worse."
"Worse"? Worse????? Good Lord, they were sodomizing children...
The Pentagon has blocked the release of 87 new pictures and 4 videos from the misadministration's cheerleading camp at Abu Ghraib prison - because, as Don Rumsfeld says, they show acts "that can only be described as blatantly sadistic, cruel and inhumane."
"The American public
and that crazed asshat Rush Limb needs to understand we're talking about rape and murder here. We're not just talking about giving people a humiliating experience,’ Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham told reporters. ’We're talking about rape and murder -- and some very serious charges.’
You can almost hear Karl Rove mumbling "go for it."
Posted by maru at 7/26/2005 02:56:00 PM
Democratic Senators press for CIA leak probe
"Can anyone argue with a straight face that Congress has time to look at steroid use in baseball but doesn't have the will to provide congressional oversight of the leak of a CIA agent's name?" - Sen. John Kerry, D-Hero.
Posted by maru at 7/26/2005 01:30:00 PM
Press continues to hammer White House on leak
"This is an ongoing investigation, and I think it would do a disservice to the ongoing investigation if I stood up here and commented on an ongoing investigation"
Raw Story reports:
To which Scott replied "I think that in terms of decisions regarding the investigation, those are matters for those overseeing the investigation to decide."
Posted by maru at 7/26/2005 12:19:00 PM
BradBlog reports: 'With their backs against the wall vis a vis TreasonGate, [GOP operatives in the SCLM] have been given some fresh smear ammo, apparently, to try and help the White House minimize and obfuscate their unprecedented outting of a covert CIA operative.'
- Larry Johnson, former CIA official, responding to the rightwing smear machine.
Posted by maru at 7/26/2005 12:17:00 PM
Spending time with his family
After irresponsible and constant impregnation of his broodmare wife, thoughtless, sanctimonious Senator/asswipe Rick Santorum rules out a 2008 presidential bid in order to shoulder some of the burden of actually raising his own hellspawn.
That and his poll numbers are totally in the crapper.
The exhausted Mrs Rick Santorum buys her husband a present.
Posted by maru at 7/26/2005 12:15:00 PM
After yesterday's power outage which left me with no computer - which is out of service anyway due to the previous power outage - and no phone, the bf has finally agreed to help me pick out a cell phone. Even though I typically make phone calls only once or twice a year, it would be nice to have one in case of emergencies. Any recommendations? One with a camera?
"Congress will conduct a series of hearings on national security and espionage issues raised by the CIA-leak controversy surrounding senior Bush adviser Karl Rove, officials said on Monday."
Sounds good, right? Up until you get to the part that says repukes also want to investigate Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation.
Not content with viciously smearing the patriotic Americans involved in bringing to light Karl Rove's possible treason and perjury, Congressional repukes now want to probe the special prosecutor. Lovely. Why does the GOP hate America?
Posted by maru at 7/26/2005 12:13:00 PM
July 25, 2005
And the winner is..
The winners of this year's Stupidity Awards have been announced. The highlights:
Fun fact: vp/asshat Dick Cheney got 2nd place for telling a senator to "go fuck yourself."
Posted by maru at 7/25/2005 01:53:00 PM
A great start
Supreme Court nominee starts off by lying to America
"Bush administration indicates it does not intend to release all of John Roberts papers or the photos from his 'lost weekend' in the Hamptons."
- headline at Fark.
Judge Roberts may have been on the steering committee, and attended meetings, and had his name listed in their "leadership directory," but he never paid dues, so don't call him a Federalist Society member, dammit.
Posted by maru at 7/25/2005 12:31:00 PM
The scum is rising
Why no-talent assclown John Bolton will never be ambassador to the United Nations
If Bolton intentionally misled the Senate in his questionnaire, he's toast. End of story.
The key is revealed in the Washington Note's Steve Clemons' latest post: He asserts that Bolton was a major source for NYT's WH stenographer and propaganda chief Judith Miller, currently incarcerated for refusing to surrender a source's name to the Fitzgerald grand jury.
Hmmmmm: not only has Dick 'chicanery' Cheney's chief-of-staff Scooter Libby been identified as one of the sources in the Plame leak case, so has Cheney's neocon protege' John Bolton... so is this Dick 'dick' Cheney's blue dress?
Posted by maru at 7/25/2005 12:26:00 PM
Update: a Sprint tech is coming over Thursday to try to fix the computer.
The dominoes are falling
- Ian Bell, the UK Sunday Herald.
The plot thickens
"[President Stupid] has yet to address some uncomfortable questions that he may not be able to evade indefinitely... even some Republicans say Mr. Bush cannot assume that he will escape from the investigation politically unscathed." - the NY Times.
"You have to wonder what sort of message Andrew Card emailed at 8pm to the other people in The White House... what sort of documents could have been shredded in those 12 hours," Senator Joe Biden said.
Posted by maru at 7/25/2005 12:23:00 PM
July 23, 2005
Prosecutor investigates whether Rove lied under oath about that woman, Valerie Plame
Rule of law -
The special prosecutor in the CIA leak investigation has shifted his focus from determining whether White House officials violated a law against exposing undercover agents to determining whether evidence exists to bring perjury or obstruction of justice charges, according to people briefed in recent days on the inquiry's status.
Posted by maru at 7/23/2005 12:58:00 PM
Huh - imagine that
It's almost like they're afraid of something... Nah, couldn't be...
"The White House on Thursday threatened to veto a massive Senate bill for $442 billion in next year's defense programs if it moves to regulate the Pentagon's treatment of detainees or sets up a commission to investigate operations at Guantanamo Bay prison and elsewhere."
Posted by maru at 7/23/2005 11:45:00 AM
Take your flag pin and shove it
Former CIA agents explain in no uncertain terms what outing an agent means to the powermad "patriotic" pinheads in the misadministration. David Corn reports:
. Today, the Senate Democratic Policy Council and the Democratic side of the House Government Reform Committee held an unofficial hearing in the Senate Dirksen Office Building, in which former intelligence professionals discussed the Plame/CIA leak, especially its impact on the intelligence community, current officers, and Valerie Wilson. (The Democrats had no choice but to hold such a session because the Republicans in the House and Senate refuse to examine or investigate the leak.)
I wish they all could have been tied to a chair and forced to listen to him. (Ken Mehlman, Tucker Eskew, Clifford May, William Safire--this means you.)
Referring to those who have derided Valerie Wilson and belittled the seriousness of this leak, an angry Marcinkowski said, "The exposure of Valerie Plame's cover by the White House is the same as the local chief of police announcing to the media the identity of its undercover drug officers...
"Before you shine up your American flag lapel pin and affix your patriotism to your sleeve, think about what the impact your actions will have on the security of the American people....Those who take pride in their political ability to divert the issue from the fundamental truth ought to be prepared to take their share of the responsibility for the continuing damage done to our national security."
Posted by maru at 7/23/2005 11:31:00 AM
Waxman: 11 security breaches by the Bush misadministration in the Plame Case
Report published today cites multiple administration leaks.
This isn't going away, Karl! Mwwwwwwaaaahahahahaha...
Hmmmmm.... smells like.... Turdblossom.
The Novak column appears to be only one of multiple leaks of Ms. Wilson's identity. As this fact sheet documents, there appear to be at least 11 separate instances in which Administration officials disclosed information about Ms. Wilson's identity and association with the CIA.By Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Hugeballs, July 22, 2005.
Under Executive Order 12958, the White House is required to investigate any reports of security breaches and take "prompt corrective action," such as suspending the security clearances of those involved. Unlike prosecutions for criminal violations, which require "knowing" and "intentional" disclosures, the executive order covers a wider range of unauthorized breaches, including the "negligent" release of classified information. There is no evidence that the White House has complied with its obligation to investigate any of the 11 reported instances of security breaches relating to Ms. Wilson or to apply administrative sanctions to those involved.
Posted by maru at 7/23/2005 11:15:00 AM
Gah. My home computer is out again, so I'm using the bf's work laptop, without a mouse and without any speed at all. Plus, I can't get to my files, so no pictures, and Jaffa keeps walking all over the keyboard, so some strange characters may pop up now and then.
Helpful hint: never eat cheese anywhere near your computer if you have a houseful of cats.
Roll out the tumbrilsFirst, there were the Downing Street memos. Now, there is evidence of a major leak in Karl Rove’s propaganda machine.
The political compass is pointing to the White House with growing evidence that indeed the reason to go to war in Iraq was fixed either around erroneous beliefs or outright lies, hang the truth and hang the facts, either way.
Rove is due a rendezvous with Congressional interrogation, as are President Bush, George Tenet, and other governmental officials who participated in “fixing” a war that has killed our young men and women and made our nation a pariah in much of the rest of the world. - the Texas Iconoclast.
Posted by maru at 7/23/2005 10:59:00 AM
July 21, 2005
Gratuitous and mean-spirited George W. Bush jokes
A: I'm sorry, I can't think about that right now because I'm too busy wondering why Congress hasn't launched an official investigation into Bush lying to the American public about WMDs and leading us into a war under false pretenses. Tell you what—as soon as I solve that little riddle, I'll get to work on your little genetic experiment.
A: Three. By the way, Tom DeLay is a hypocrite of the highest order.
- from McSweeney's.
Posted by maru at 7/21/2005 01:32:00 PM
President does half-assed job - on one of the most important decisions he'll have to make - out of political expediency
Bush originally had planned to announce a replacement just before his planned July 28 departure for a month-long vacation at The Lazy W, his Crawford, Texas hellhole, said two administration officials, who spoke on the condition they not be named.
The officials said those plans changed because Rove has become a focus of Fitzgerald's interest and of news accounts about the matter.
- Bloomberg (thanks to BuzzFlash).
Posted by maru at 7/21/2005 12:56:00 PM